I’ve been doing pretty good with my healthy eating. I lost another 3.2 pounds for a total of 16.4 POUNDS!
After much debating I decided to stop using Peapod. They have been giving me fruit that was not always fresh and I think all their food wasn’t always the best or had the best selections. The fruit and veggies I bought would go bad in a few days each and every time.I will still use stop and shop for seltzer and bottled water, but not on a weekly basis. I decided to use Whole Foods Market (since they were pretty close) and was impressed. I like knowing the foods I choose are not only non-GMOs but also organic fruits, veggies, and meats. It’s amazing to watch the fruits and veggies actually stay fresh and taste better.
Yes, they are a bit more expensive, but it is sad that the healthier and cleaner foods are the most expensive. My eyes have been opened and I can’t believe how sugar and chemicals are in food. It seems the food companies want us sick and overweight. It is beyond scary. Anyway, after lots of research, I found a bunch of ways I can save money with Whole Foods. By creating a set shopping list for each week.
- shop the bulk section and pick out the amount of grains, rice, granola, and fresh ground peanut butter I need for the week (what a great idea to only buy the amount you need)
- pick the produce (2-3 veggie meals), poultry, meat, and fish (3-4 meat meals) that is on sale and plan meals around that.
- stock up on snacks, meats, and cereals that are on sale
- use the coupons that I can either print on line or get at the store
- buy their brand “365” when possible.
I think I might even be able to take Dino with me next time I go. I’ll feed him in their restaurant area and then let him walk around with me while he’s still snacking. I heard that also offer healthy snacks at customer service for kids. It will be a great teaching opportunity on how to choose foods that are real as opposed to fake foods AND how to stay within a budget but still eat healthy.
***I still have some foods that were not super healthy as I am slowly making the change. I used them for the meals this week. When I post next week, I’ll have even bigger and healthier changes.***
Sun pork meatballs, roasted tomatoes, and cheese on Italian bread
Mon Dinner rice and beans with veggies
Tues Dinner gluten free pasta, tomato chunks, spinach, and cheese
Wed Dinner chicken thighs, mushrooms, broccoli, and couscous
Thurs Dinner leftovers
Fri Dinner chicken taco pizza http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/chicken-taco-pizza
Sunday – LOVE the fresh herbs I got at Whole Foods. Mixed bread crumbs, cilantro, dill, and onions into the breadcrumbs, one egg, and the locally grown ground pork. Then I quickly cooked some peas, carrots, and broccoli in a small cast iron skillet and purred it in the blender and added that to the meatball mix. OH BOY DID IT TASTE BEYOND YUMMY
Then I cut some fresh tomatoes with lots of seasoning and cooked for a bit. I placed cut porkballs, tomatoes and cheese on Italian bread slices and ate. Dino was too tired to eat them, but hoping to use them as leftovers tomorrow.
Monday – Dino and I had leftover pork and veggie balls. I seasoned and roasted fresh tomatoes and mixed it all with gluten free pasta. What a tasty meal.
Tuesday– Dino has “sports skills” at the Little Gym on Tuesdays, so either I have to cook on Monday nights for Tuesday or just continue to order pizza for us. We had our usual favorites. He chose a plain personal pizza and I chose my jazz personal pizza. We ate half and saved half for lunch the next day. Sorry no pics
Wednesday – I love using my cast iron skillet. I seasoned and cooked the chicken in the skillet and had a small bag of chicken broth left over. I swear nothing better then using fresh/frozen herbs in our meals. I seasoned and cooked portobello mushrooms and broccoli then added it to the couscous. Sorry no pic of Dino eating…he was in a picky mood that night.
Thursday – Slow Cooker Steak, rice, and veggies I TOTALLY FORGOT to set up the slow cooker with the steak. I realized this as I drove into the parking lot at work. I could have asked hubby, but it’s just easier to do it for the next day. So we had leftover gnochi and pork casserole and Italian bread pizza.
Friday – using leftover chicken and broccoli from Wednesday’s dinner, I used it in the quesadilla.
Mommy-white bread with wo turkey slices, and one colby cheese slice, apples, strawberries and popcorn. bananas and mesa sunrise cereal with almond milk, pretzels.
Dino-ham and cheese on white bread, strawberries, apples, popcorn, and one carrot. (He LOVED eating the big carrot)
Dino Morning Snack-french toast with apples
Mommy-cheese and turkey quesadilla on gluten free tortilla, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino-ham, cheese, and turkey sandwich, cooked and seasoned broccoli, cucumbers, strawberries
Dino Morning Snack– hard boiled egg, cheese snack, pears
SORRY NO PIC
Mommy– leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino– leftover pizza, carrot, and strawberries
Dino Morning -toaster strudel (once they are gone I am not buying anymore) and apples
Mommy-turkey slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino-turkey slices, ham slices, colby cheese slices, guacamole, chips
Dino Morning Snack-french toast and grape tomatoes
Mommy-turkey, swiss, pickles, mustard on pita, tomatoes, grapes. Granola bar, banana, special k, almond milk, pretzels.
Dino-Dino really wanted pizza again, makes lunch prep easier, pretzels, grapes, carrots.
Dino Morning Snack-egg and cheese sandwich and strawberries
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